• We will be returning to Tupelo at the Cadence Bank Arena & Conference Center for our Spring 2023 Leadership Conference!  Mark your calenders for March 26-28, 2023!

    Exhibitor space is SOLD OUT!

    Attendee registration is now open! - Click here to register.  
    Attendee registration closes 03.20.23 or when sold out.  Click here to review the Spring 2023 Leadership Conference agenda.



    MASA's Annual Business Meeting and Fall 2022 Leadership Conference was a HUGE success!

    Click here to view Dr. Benton's powerpoint presentation from our Fall 2022 conference.

    Click here to review the PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Jerome McKibben on Sunday, October 23

    Following are responses to questions raised during the MASA meeting from Dr. Benton:


    What is the status of the Phonics First training schedule?  

    The MDE’s contract for Orton-Gillingham services expired on June 30. We are currently in the process of securing a vendor and will post a schedule as soon as possible. 


    Can they start a second cohort of AIMS? 

    We are working with the RESA, the vendor, and their presenters to try to schedule additional opportunities for AIM Pathways for both teachers and administrators. We will provide an update as soon as the details have been solidified.  


    English learners who have only been here for 3 years are being held accountable for the 3rd-grade assessment. Research says they need 3 to 5 years; therefore, we are doing them a disservice if we hold them to the same requirements as native speakers. What about good cause exemption? 

    The good cause exemption timeframe is codified in state statute §37-177-11, A. Limited English proficient students who have had less than two (2) years of instruction in an English Language Learner program; (may qualify for a GCE) This is a state law, not an MDE policy.  


    Are there plans for continuing to support social-emotional learning? 

    SEL is incorporated with MTSS and PBIS. The Early Warning System is currently being updated and will have SEL support for students and schools. REACH MS is hosting a School-wide course on SEL as well. Behavior Specialists from the Office of Intervention can provide training to school districts. 


    Additional resources 





    Advancing Social and Emotional Learning - CASEL

    The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is helping make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school.




    Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Rural Schools A Research Brief - compcenternetwork.org

    Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Rural Schools www.nationalcompcenter.org 6 Trauma is an individual’s experience of , and response to, an adverse event in the form of intense





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